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Delicious recipes for Ramadan

In 2023, Ramadan will be observed from the evening of 22 March until sundown on 20 April. We’ve got a range of nourishing recipes from around the world for you to share with family and friends during the holy month.

Choose from energising suhoor options to power you through until the end of the day, and dishes to enjoy at iftar, including snacks, side dishes, salads, main meals, desserts and sweet treats. Iftar often begins with breaking your fast with a date and water. Packed with natural sugar, fibre and nutrients and easy to digest, dates are an ideal choice for quickly refuelling your body, ready to enjoy a celebratory feast with those you love.

Many of these recipes can be prepared in advance and frozen, so you have a variety of deliciously healthy meals that you can then just reheat and eat during the month.

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Plum and almond porridge

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Made in just 15 minutes using your CookEasy+, this nourishing plum and almond porridge is an ideal choice for suhoor. Both oats and almonds are a rich source of protein and slow-release energy, helping you to stay feeling full for longer, while the plum topping adds a wonderful sweetness- but you can top it with any fruits you like.

Chickpea vegetable pancakes

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These tasty chickpea vegetable pancakes will fortify you for the day of fasting ahead. As a great source of both protein and fibre, eating chickpeas will help keep your appetite at bay, while a diet packed with vegetables will top up your hydration levels. This recipe also makes great use of any leftover veg- just use your food processor to finely grate and then mix into the batter. For an extra protein hit, serve with poached eggs.

Veggie samosas

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Filled with lightly spiced potato, carrot, onion and peas, these flavoursome veggie samosas are great served as part of an iftar feast with family and friends. Use your food processor to prepare the filling and pastry, which can be made in bulk and frozen before cooking. Experiment with different filling combinations to use up any ingredients you have to hand- try cauliflower, green beans, sweet potato or chicken.

Chana chaat

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Made with chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, chopped potatoes and plenty of spices, and often topped with yoghurt, tamarind sauce and chopped coriander, chana chaat is quick to assemble and bursting with flavour and goodness. The perfect light iftar starter.

Fattah

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With spiced minced beef and aubergine served on top of toasted pitta bread and topped with a yoghurt dressing, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and fresh mint, fattah is a traditional Egyptian and Levantine dish that’s rich and hearty, and ideal for sharing at iftar.

Use your stand mixer’s food mincer attachment to grind the beef, before frying it off with the aubergine and spices. Place on a large serving plate in the centre of the table and dig in.

Fattoush salad

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With a name derived from the Arabic word for crumbs, this simple bread salad is made by tossing mixed greens and salad vegetables together with homemade flatbread pieces and a zesty herb dressing. It’s fresh and easy to prepare, and works well as either an iftar side dish or a light meal to enjoy at suhoor. Cut down your prep time by using your food processor to chop your salad vegetables and make your dressing.

Sesame date cheesecake

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Dessert is a hugely important part of any iftar gathering, and this rich and sticky date cheesecake is guaranteed to go down well with your friends and family. It’s also super simple to make using your food processor. Top with baked figs, drizzle with honey and finish with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and chopped pistachio to create a real centrepiece.

Maamoul date cookies

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Rich and buttery and with a spiced date filling, these Levantine cookies are perfect for sharing with guests at the end of iftar. Dates are rich in fibre and antioxidants and because they’re naturally sweet, this recipe uses minimal sugar. Use your food processor to make the semolina dough and date paste.

Refreshing drinks

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Use your blender to whizz up one of these thirst-quenching drinks:

Bursting with superfood goodness and rich in probiotics, this mango lassi will help wash down even the spiciest iftar dishes.

Made with water, yoghurt and salt and flavoured with mint, laban ayran is a savoury drink which really hits the spot, especially when it’s warm.

Balah bel laban tastes so creamy and indulgent you would be forgiven mistaking it for a dessert, but its high fibre content and natural sweetness makes it ideal to enjoy at either suhoor or iftar.